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Public Radio Update on Marshall Islands Consulate in Arkansas

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 15, 2008 - 03:54 PM
Public Radio Update on Marshall Islands Consulate in Arkansas



The Republic of the Marshall Islands, located six thousand miles away in the Pacific Ocean, will open their first consulate -- in Springdale, Arkansas. RMI officials made their announcement in late May, while visiting the region. Jacqueline Froelich, news producer and national correspondent, who has covered the Marshallese migration in previous broadcasts, recently filed a status report for the public radio program, Ozarks At Large.




RADIO INTERVIEWS: Fears, Film, Fuel Crisis in Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 02, 2008 - 09:56 PM
RADIO INTERVIEWS: Fears, Film, Fuel Crisis in Marshall Islands



  • AUDIO: Fears limited air services in Marshalls could put lives at risk - Dr. Gael Lavinia and Assistant Health Secretary Dwight Heine
  • AUDIO Fraught love in Marshall Islands - A film about interacial love in Marshall Islanders has been drawing huge crowds
  • AUDIO: Skyrocketing international fuel prices effect the Pacific. - Gerhardt Zieroth, SOPAC's Manager of Pacific Islands Energy Policy
  • AUDIO: Bikini Atoll closed to tourists due to high cost of fuel - last visitors will leave the Atoll on June 11th and transcript of interview with Jack Niedenthal

  • Introduction to "Marshall Islands String Music"

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 23, 2008 - 11:07 PM
    Introduction to "Marshall Islands String Music"

    moonlight CD

    Marshallese string band music returned to center stage with the release last year of a new, 23 track, audio CD entitled “Moonlight Leta Volume I: "Musical Transitions."



    Now, Marshall Islands Music & Arts Society has provided an introduction of string music favorites to Yokwe Online. Clips of all 17 original string band story “bwebwenato” and love “iakwe” songs and 6 contemporary tunes by 3 Majuro ukulele boys bands are included in this special presentation.

    Senate Energy Committee Hearing: Audio Clips of Witnesses

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 03, 2007 - 01:44 AM
    Senate Energy Committee Hearing: Audio Clips of Witnesses



    A full committee hearing, under the leadership of Commitee Chairman and Senate Bill 1756 sponor Jeff Bingaman, was held of September 25, 2007. Yokwe Online has provided the audio clips of the individual testimonies for listening convenience.



    Clips of Witnesses:



    • Mr. Tom Bussanich - Director of Budget, Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior
    • The Honorable Witten T. Philippo - Minister-in-Assistance-to-the-President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
    • Mr. David B. Gootnick - Director, International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office
    • Mr. Jonathan Weisgall - Testifying on the behalf of the Peoples of Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utrik
    • RMI Profoundly Disappointed! - During question and answer period, Minister Philippo expresses Marshall Islands' Government's view of U.S. position toward Ex Gratia compensation proposed by Senate Bill 1756.

    MARSHALL ISLANDS: Radio V7Emon's Open Letter to America

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 10, 2007 - 04:33 PM
    MARSHALL ISLANDS: Radio V7Emon's Open Letter to America



    Last week, in the Marshall Islands, a local radio station carried an open letter to the United States Ambassador posted in Majuro, the capital atoll. Fred Pedro, manager and commentator of V7EMON, an independent FM radio station, delivered a Fourth of July greeting to Ambassador Clyde Bishop, with a reflection on two issues that Pedro calls an "Achilles heel" in the relationship with the U.S.



    The text of the V7Emon presentation, provided by broadcaster Pedro, follows:

    Marshall Islands' Senator Briefs Public on Nuclear Claims Issues

    Contributed by YokweOnline on May 25, 2007 - 05:42 AM
    Marshall Islands' Senator Briefs Public on Nuclear Claims Issues

    Senator deBrum

    A "live on the air" interview last week with Senator Tony deBrum highlighted the controversies surrounding the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Changed Circumstances Petition, the Compact, and Section 177.



    DJ Fred Pedro conducted the V7emon Radio broadcast with the newly elected Senator to Kwajalein, who during his previous four terms in the nation's parliament, represented the Marshalls in hearings and negotiations with the United States. The broadcast, according to one Majuro resident, was an eye-opening and thought-provoking look at the "other side of the story" regarding nuclear claim issues.


    New Audio-Video Resources for Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 08, 2007 - 09:58 AM
    New Audio-Video Resources for Marshall Islands



  • Education Week Radio Address - President Note in Marshall Islands
  • On the Mat: New Ideas in the Marshall Islands and FSM - radio interview with Francis Hezel and Paul D'Arcy
  • RA: Compliance report on discrimination launched - reviews CEDAW for Marshalls & 8 other countries
  • Micronesia Seminar Online Videos - Newest are Chasing the Dream and Micronesians Abroad


  • RELATED:

  • REPORT: Translating CEDAW into Law - Marshall Islands, pages 255-286

  • Marshall Islands: Audio of President's State of Nation Address

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jan 17, 2007 - 05:05 AM
    Marshall Islands: Audio of President's State of Nation Address



    President Kessai H. Note's speech, in Marshallese, is presented here in separate audio files (mp3) for convenient downloading and listening.




    Vice Speaker Speaks for Marshall Islands at UN

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 28, 2006 - 01:30 AM
    Vice Speaker Speaks for Marshall Islands at UN

    ViceSpeaker at UN

    In a speech today before the United Nations, the Republic of the Marshall Islands' (RMI) representative official said his nation's people have paid a disproportionate sacrifice for helping the world understand the power of the nuclear bomb. "We have paid with our own lives, our health, and the well-being of our land and waters that are so sacred to us," said Vice Speaker Ruben Zackhras of the RMI Nitijela (Parliament). >>more>>




    Marshall Islands' President Interviewed for Seahawks TV

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 26, 2006 - 01:46 AM
    Marshall Islands' President Interviewed for Seahawks TV



    President Kessai Note's visit to the Seattle Seahawks headquarters is highlighted in an TV interview produced on the spot during the President's June visit. President Note has been a fan of pro football for many years, but his love of the sport was deepened by the Seahawks fantastic 2005 season. The Marshall Islands President said, "We support the Pacific Islanders on the team. We are very proud of all of them." In closing Note said, "I enjoyed my trip and look forward to come back and cheer the champions next season."



    Watch the entire video at the Seahawks website: A VIP Fan - Interview with President Note

    Congressman Tells of Global Warming Impact to Marshalls

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 17, 2006 - 04:59 AM
    Congressman Tells of Global Warming Impact to Marshalls

     Rep. Inslee with Pres. Note

    Congressman Jay Inslee told U.S. House colleagues on Wednesday that the Marshall Islands could become the first nation state to be environmental refugees. Rep. Inslee recounted his recent discussion with the Republic of the Marshall Islands' (RMI) President.



    The RMI Head of State asked America and the U.S. Congress to finally do something about global warming. "The reason he said that is that rising sea levels literally could drown his entire nation," reported Inslee.



  • VIDEO CLIP: Global Warming Floor Speech, June 14, 2006 House Session


  • SPEECH: Rep. Jay Inslee: Stop Global Warning

  • Radio Commentary: Is the RMI an Unfaithful Partner to Taiwan?

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 16, 2006 - 05:49 PM
    Is the RMI an Unfaithful Partner to Taiwan?



    The following is a commentary by Fred Pedro, of V7Emon Radio, first aired on June 9, 2006, in Majuro, Marshall Islands:



    Much has been said about the proposed visit to the People’s Republic of China by a delegation of Nitijela senators to be headed by vice speaker Ruben R. Zackhras. It’s been stated as well that some of our business people have expressly condemn the planned visit in the strongest terms. Concern has also been voiced as to the inappropriateness of the visit given the RMI (Republic of the Marshall Islands) is politically married to Taiwan. Like a jealous spouse, Taiwan is understandably unhappy and nervous about the prospects of such a visit, etc.

    AUDIO: Interviews and Podcasts for July 7 -11

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 10, 2005 - 10:42 PM
    AUDIO INTERVIEWS and PODCASTS: Kwajalein, Pacific Plan, and Majuro Ed Conference



  • AUDIO: Restrictions remain in Kwajalein missile range

    This month, hopes of a permanent return were raised, but US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Greta Morris says the mid-atoll islands are still off-limits for permanent habitation.
  • AUDIO: Forum meets in Wellington to discuss draft Plan

    A core group of Forum leaders meets in Wellington on Monday to discuss the latest draft of the Pacific Plan, which sets out an agenda for greater regional co-operation.
  • PODCAST:Rough Take Sessions by Burt Lum (with a bang!)

    In Majuro, podcasts and blog about upcoming participation Pacific Educational Conference, sunsets, women' club, and the tale of following the raffle ticket. "What starts off as a way to kill some time turns into a cornucopia of Majuro street sounds."

  • AUDIO BROADCAST: CCP Hearing from Washington, DC, May 25, 2005

    Contributed by YokweOnline on May 25, 2005 - 09:13 AM
    House Committees Consider Marshall Islands Change Circumstances Petition Today



    The Full Committee Resources and International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the United States House of Representatives, will hold a hearing on “The United States Nuclear Legacy in the Marshall Islands: Consideration of Issues Relating to the Changed Circumstances Petition," today, May 25. The hearing will review the nuclear test compensation petition filed nearly five years ago by the Marshall Islands government, seeking expanded compensation and medical treatment for the Marshallese affected by Cold War US nuclear testing in the Islands.



    The Hearing will be broadcast live from the Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324, Washington, D.C., at 2:00 p.m. EDT - LIVE AUDIO LINK


    AUDIO: Interviews and Podcasts from the Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 20, 2005 - 11:03 PM
    Interviews and Podcasts from the Marshall Islands



  • AUDIO: David Kattenburg Marshall Islands Documentary

    There's something wrong in the Marshall Islands. Documentary from CBC Dispatches examines the extraordinary legacy of radiation, and dislocation in the Marshalls and interviews Jack Niedenthal, Bill Graham, Ben Chutaro, Youth to Youth, and nuclear victims.
  • AUDIO: Response to Marshall Islands Documentary

    Lauren Petford is a Registered Nurse who has staffed medical clinics in the Marshalls and tells how the imported diet is causing great harm.
  • AUDIO: Pacific Beat Interview - Government acts on administrative paralysis

    ADB Steve Pollard tells how Marshalls is moving to tackle what has become known as the 'great malaise' in government.
  • Roughtake: Podcasting from Majuro

    Burt Lum, on technical assignment for the RMI Ministry of Education, presents sounds and shares photos from Majuro and Arno.

  • AUDIO: Webcast of SIDS Summit in Mauritius

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jan 13, 2005 - 01:07 AM
    UPDATES:

  • Statement of H.E. President Kessai H. Note at Sids Summit


  • Video: UN Webcast of Statement




  • Marshall Islands and Other Pacific Leaders Speak at SIDS Summit



    More than 2,000 participants from the islands, their traditional donor partners and other countries, including some 25 heads of State and government, are taking part in the United Nations International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, which was agreed a decade ago at the Global Conference in Barbados. The SIDS meeting, which began on Monday, is being held in a newly built Conference Centre at Pailles, Mauritius.



    The High-level Segment of the General Debate begins at Thursday at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with presentations by His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and 58 heads of state and country delegations. Republic of the Marshall Islands President Kessai Note is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. (for US viewers, 6 a.m. EST, 3 a.m. PST). View the video webcast at the UN-SIDS Summit website.


    VIDEO WEBCAST of Compact Reauthorization Hearing

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 25, 2003 - 11:27 AM
  • Discontinuation of aid programs to the Marshalls and FSM questioned by Committee Members




  • The entire June 18 hearing of the International Relations Asia and Pacific Subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Compact of Free Association with Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, is now available via Congressional webcast.



    Special notice should be given to the question and answer rounds that followed the formal reading of statements. Click HERE to play the Video Webcast. (need Real Player or media player)

    VIDEO: H.E. Ambassador Alfred Capelle Backs US at the UN Security Council

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 21, 2003 - 10:04 AM
  • VIDEO: Ambassador Alfred Capelle


  • UN Webcast (Real Player required) of 19 February 2003 during the Security Council Meeting for "The Situation between Iraq and Kuwait."
  • Security Council Hears over 60 Speakers on Iraq's Disarmament


  • Ambassador Capelle of the Marshall Islands affirmed his country’s unity with the United States and with its determination to ensure that Iraq provided full cooperation and compliance with resolution 1441. Marshall Islands took immense pride in its close relationship with the United States and continued to benefit greatly from the generosity of that nation.

    AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Pacific Beat Covers Rongelap, Kwaj Deal, AIDS, and Pacific Churches

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jan 31, 2003 - 09:17 AM
    Some of Radio Australia's Pacific Beat audio (Real audio or Windows Media) and transcripts of interviews from January:

  • Rongelap to be resettled


  • Although Rongelap has been uninhabited for many years, families will begin returning to the island in the next six months, says John Fysh.

  • Are Pacific churches impoverishing congregants?


  • Highlights the pratice of reading out in church the names of donors and amount given as particularly harmful. "So they're big givers in the church but outside of the church environment we're actually on the bottom of the poverty line."

  • Landowners unhappy with US lease terms


  • David Paul, Deputy Director of the Marshall Islands Office of Compact Negotiations answers the question, "So you just weren't able to make any more headway with the Americans on the rent ?"

  • Health oficials face AIDS challenge


  • Look at youth friendly, youth staffed, youth to youth services, and I think that's worked very well in Marshall Islands. We'd like to duplicate that kind of an approach.

    AUDIO TESTIMONY: Dr. Neal Palafox asks, "Where is the promise?"

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Dec 10, 2002 - 12:30 AM
  • Pacific Beat Focus Program, "Do American Pacific Islanders get equal health care?"


  • Synopsis: The questions of equal health care and access to basic services for the Asian-Pacific population in the US and insular areas were discussed in town hall meetings sponsored by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission. Community representatives presented testimony of the importance of the health care issue.



    In his testimony, Dr. Neal Palafox, of the John Burns School of Medicine at UH, states that significant health-related disparities exist between the mainland U.S. population and the various Pacific Islands despite the US promise to provide health, education, and welfare when they assumed responsibility for the former Trust Territories. Palafox points out that the United States annual per capita spending on health is about $4,000, but the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spends $128, in Chuuk, $92. RMI and the Republic of Palau have four times the infant mortality of the U.S. mainland. Average lifespan on the U.S. mainland is 78 years, but lifespan in the Marshall Islands is 64 years, and 65 in FSM. Medical problems include malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, and diseases such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and leprosy (Hansen’s disease), high rates of cervical cancer and other cancers.


    BROADCAST: World Leaders to Speak at WSSD in South Africa

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 01, 2002 - 11:07 PM
  • President Note the Fourth to Speak on Opening Day


  • In less than five hours, the General Debate of the World Summit on Sustainable Development will begin. The Republic of the Marshall Islands President, Kessai Note and two other Micronesian leaders will present the unique needs and concerns of vulnerable small island states to a world-wide audience. Over 100 world leaders have assembled in Johannesburg, South Africa for the three day high level summit. All of the speeches in the plenary sessions will be broadcast live on the WSSD website. Each leader will be given five minutes to speak.


    Click HERE for the live broadcast beginning at 9:00 a.m Standard time, UTC/GMT + 2 hours.

    LISTEN: Radio Australia Interview with Josepha Maddison-Hill

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 19, 2002 - 10:16 AM
  • Adoption monitoring system debated in Marshall Islands


  • Radio Australia, Pacific Beat, August 19, 2002

    Adoption of children from the Marshall Islands - mostly by Americans - is becoming a growing problem. Currently there is no law relating to adoption in the RMI, but in an effort to control adoptions and protect the children, a Bill has been introduced to Parliament to establish a monitoring system. At the moment anyone who wishes to adopt a child in the Marshall Islands is free to do so. Josepha Maddison-Hill, a child rights officer within the Internal Affairs Department in Majuro, has released a report promoting the setting up a Central Adoption Agency to work between the adoptive parents and the government. She says this should eliminate the third person involved - the agent - and keep track of the adoptees. She says parents are often solicited by Americans who bribe them to give up their children, and there are fears the Marshall Islands could turn into a baby market. Myra Mortensen asked Josepha Maddison-Hill if she has evidence to support her claim.


    LISTEN to the interview (need audio player- windows media or realplayer)

    HEARING: Pacific Island Nations: Current Issues and U.S. Interests

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 23, 2002 - 10:18 AM
    OPEN HEARING TODAY of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, International Relations Congressional Committee,on "Pacific Island Nations: Current Issues and U.S. Interests"


    Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. EST.


  • Sub-Committee Hearing Announcement



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